I just received my ballot for the Sno-Isle Libraries levy. As people are contemplating the vote, I want to share with readers the value I’ve seen the libraries provide.
In the morning, parents with babies and toddlers pour in, seeking a diversion, a comfortable place outside the home, to make a connection with a good book or a storyteller, to get some adult conversation, and to get inspiration to expand their worlds.
Elderly patrons arrive, joyfully encountering friends unexpectedly, logging on to learn new technological skills, reading by the beautiful fireplace, enjoying the gentle hush and the giggles of kids.
Teens arrive in the afternoon, some with friends, some alone. Some tutor other kids, all different ages, for income or just to help one another. All are welcome, all are equal in this safe space. Some have nowhere else to go, but here they have a place to just be.
Later, groups gather in the community room for all manner of activities. Cultures are celebrated, skills are learned, businesses are grown, movements are started. Equal access means equal opportunity.
After closing, college students sit in their cars at night, using the Wi-Fi to finish coursework. At home, families help their students with homework using online library resources. Math, science, languages … all are available to those who can log on to the Sno-Isle system.
Sno-Isle Libraries has made a commitment to helping the community and we should help the Sno-Isle Libraries now.